The Chef & Brew Festival Shines the Light on Craft Beer in Denver

By CraftBeer.com October 31, 2012

Move over wine, the Craft Beer movement is in full force.  The Chef and Brew Festival, happening November 15th at The Oriental Theater, is taking this movement to the next level.  Twelve of Denver’s top Chefs and twelve of the city’s best Brewers will be challenged to celebrate and create the ultimate beer and food pairings.  Guest will then have the opportunity to vote for the Overall Winner.
 
The mission of Chef and Brew is two-fold.  First, we will create an evening of fun and festivities for beer connoisseurs and food-lovers alike.  We also hope to introduce our guests to the myriad of food pairing qualities of beer and demonstrate that it can equal, or outperform wine as a synergistic beverage.
 
“Chefs and brewers are incredibly creative people and we really wanted to channel that in the festival format,” says Mike Burns, one of the festival organizers.  Craft Beer is finally starting to take the main stage at the dinner table with many craft beers delivering as much if not more complexity than wine.
 
About 500 festival attendees are expected, making this a more intimate festival experience.  Beer and Food will be served in a tasting format, 2oz beer pours paired with an appetizer from each chef.  Guests will receive a souvenir festival tasting glass with full access to the beer and food once inside.
 
 
2012 Participants Include:
 
Elise Wiggins – Panzano, paired with Prost Brewing
Troy Guard – TAG Burger, paired with Wit’s End Brewing
Sheila Lucero – Jax Denver, paired with Funkwerks
Jensen Cummings – Row14, paired with Caution: Brewing
Chris Cina – Ghost Plate and Tap, paired with Breckenridge Brewing
Brendon Doyle – City O’ City, paired with River North Brewing
Jay Leandro – Pub 17, paired with Crooked Stave
Travis Masar – Uncle, paired with Hogshead Brewery
Victoria Vittori – Crock Spot, paired with Strange Brewing
Sean McGaughey – Aria/Opus, paired with West Flanders Brewing
Taylor Drew – Russel’s Smokehouse, paired with Elevation Beer Company
Cory Treadway – Wynkoop, paired with Wynkoop Brewing
 
 
Non-Profit Details:
 
The festival will be partnering with Diggity to host a silent auction and raffle.  Diggity is a growing Denver non-profit that promotes fun, rewarding group events where people of all ages get active and get to know each other. Participants play together and work together to strengthen their communities and take ownership of their shared public resources.  For more information visit: www.diggity.org
 
 
Event Details:
 
When:  Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 6 to 9:30pm
Where:  The Oriental Theater 4335 West 44th Ave
Tickets: $39 Advance/$49 Door
To purchase tickets visit:  www.chefandbrewfestival.com

Contact Info

Company: Beer Craving
Contact: Mike Burns
E-mail: BeerCraving@gmail.com